Simple Life runs two resorts on Koh Tao, both situated along Sairee Beach.
Offers a wide range, from dorm rooms to beachfront villas at the south end of Sairee Beach.
Our dive internship includes:
Spend an incredible two months on the tropical island of Koh Tao, training from novice through to expert diver. Explore sunken shipwrecks, coral reefs and hidden deep-sea pinnacles becoming part of the Simple Life crew and meeting people from across the globe.
Working as a PADI Divemaster (the first professional rating in the PADI system) is one of the most enjoyable positions in the scuba diving industry. On Koh Tao, Divemasters lead divers on underwater tours of the reefs and pinnacles, coordinating dive trip logistics and taking on a leadership role as professional divers.
Our two month scuba diving internship packages together absolutely everything you need to train from beginner to PADI Divemaster; all scuba diving courses, PADI materials and fees, your own set of scuba diving gear to keep and accommodation.
It is the adventure of a lifetime. You’ll be working through PADI courses in sequence, logging many dives and becoming part of the Simple Life team. You’ll be exploring the coral reefs, pinnacles and wrecks around Koh Tao, Thailand as part of your internship, taking on responsibility with real hands on experience and having a great time along the way.
Let’s take a detailed look at what’s involved in the scuba diving internship:
Our scuba diving internship follows PADI’s diver education program in sequence.
Dive training proceeds in gradual steps where our team of experienced western instructors will ensure you are comfortable and competent at each stage.
Here are the key steps:
First we’ll teach you the basics of scuba diving with training including scuba diving theory, shallow water skills and four open water dives exploring shallow coral reefs around Koh Tao, Thailand. You’ll get certified to dive to 18M and develop scuba skills which are a foundation for everything to come.
Full description: PADI Open Water Course
Next we make 5 more training dives to expand your scuba diving skills and experience into specailized areas of diving. This includes deep diving to a maximum depth of 30 meters, underwater navigation and options for night diving, photography, buoyancy control, search and recovery dives, wreck diving and more.
Full description: PADI Advanced Open Water Course
Training moves up a gear during the combined EFR & Rescue Diver program.
We begin with a one day CPR/First aid qualification before heading out to the water to learn how to manage and prevent scuba diving emergencies, including both surface and underwater rescue scenarios. You’ll learn and master rescue skills and emergency management, then be put to the test responding to simulated problems. Lot’s of fun!
Full description: PADI Rescue Diver Training.
Now the step up to dive professional; you’ll develop expert level scuba diving theory, assist with student divers in training and learn to guide certified divers on underwater tours. You’ll be challenged during watermanship and problem solving exercises, create a map of an unfamiliar dive site, conduct a scuba review for a ‘rusty’ diver plus get involved in the day-to-day operations of the dive school. You’ll take on real responsibility, becoming a valued member of the Simple Life dive crew.
Full description: PADI Divemaster Internship
Between these PADI courses and during the Divemaster phase of the internship, you can also fit in some non-training ‘fun-dives’.
You’ll pair up with another intern or one of our Divemasters and head out to explore the Koh Tao dive sites, enjoying the underwater terrain and aquatic life. This is a great way to develop your navigation skills and get familiar with the dive sites.
As part of the scuba internship we include rental of all the dive gear you need. For our shop rental equipment we use professional quality equipment from leading manufacturers (Aqualung, Scubapro etc), all properly maintained our full certified, western scuba technician.
Plus there’s the option to purchase some or all of your own equipment if you want.
The diving internship also includes all required PADI materials and certification fees for your training, with no hidden extras. You’ll receive your own copies of:
To keep you comfortable during your Koh Tao diving internship we also include two months accommodation.
This will be your own private room with double bed, television, fridge and en-suite western bathroom with hot water shower.
We use a guest-house within close walking distance of the Simple Life dive shop, which is used exclusively by Koh Tao diving professionals and long term interns (same as you), so is safe, secure and social.
Get a taste of technical diving with our free ‘Experience Tec’ session.
Technical diving goes beyond the limits of normal recreational scuba, diving deeper for longer. Tech diving opens up the possibility to access dives sites beyond the reach of most divers, such as sunken shipwrecks resting deep on the ocean floor.
Tech diving is extreme & requires specialized training, techniques and equipment configurations; for example diving with multiple cylinders using mixed gas blends and executing decompression stops during ascent to the surface.
Our ‘Experience Tec’ session gives you the opportunity try on a technical diving rig in shallow water; twin-set (two cylinders on your back), wing, harness and stage cylinders, trying tec diving skills and drills to give you a taster of the cutting edge of scuba.
(If you enjoy the intro to tec diving and want to continue, we offer a full range of technical diving training).
If you are already a certified diver or have some of your own dive equipment, let us know. We’ll be able to give you full credit for whatever dive training or gear you already have.
Just let us know by submitting the following form and we’ll send you a customized package.
Qualifying as a PADI Divemaster on Koh Tao opens a range of exciting new options & you’ll be well-prepared to take advantage.
You could put your new PADI Divemaster rating to use by seeking employment within the recreational diving industry. Otherwise you could further your training through to PADI Instructor, which enables you to certify new divers. Or you could diversify into specialized diving activities such as underwater photography or videography, deep/technical diving or marine conservation.
The good news is that if you decide to continue your training, you can simply pay the difference to upgrade to one of our longer dive internship programs. So there’s no disadvantage in opting for the two month Koh Tao Divemaster internship to begin.
Here at Simple Life Divers we run our scuba diving internships as a rolling program so you can arrive whichever date you prefer. We just need some notice to get everything lined up ready for your arrival.
Complete the following form to let us know when you are thinking of arriving. If you have any questions you can add them in the space provided.
To secure your spot we will require a small deposit (which allows us to make arrangements ahead of your arrival and schedule our instructors). The balance can be settled when you arrive on Koh Tao.
Sarah O'L. | London, UK
"Amazing… I truly miss being on Koh Tao. I have printed my favourite pictures & blue them tacked up." Read more
Janine | Switzerland
"when you turn around and look at the reef itself, it's so full of life. I saw some of the coolest things." Read more
Davoc B. | England
"Be cool, don’t rub people up the wrong way, enjoy yourself, but don’t be an idiot, don’t hire a quad bike!." Read more